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Kaon na Ta!’ fest focuses on Noche Buena

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THE Department of Tourism’s “Kain Na! Food & Travel Festival” will culminate with a “star-studded” Christmas edition — Ilonggo style — on Dec. 19-21 at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod City.

“The finale event in Bacolod City, aptly titled ‘Kaon Na Ta!’ Food & Travel Festival, is envisioned to capture the joyous spirit of Christmas in the Philippines with noche buena delights as its traditional centerpiece,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat was quoted as saying in a press release.

Kaon Na Ta!’ will be the seventh stop of the food-travel festival series, done in partnership with the Ayala Malls Group. It was launched simultaneously in Legazpi City, Albay, and Cebu City last October, followed by events in Cagayan de Oro City in November and in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna and Davao City early this month.

The Bacolod edition will feature several chef preparing their special recipes for degustation including Margarita Fores, Nico Millanes, Don Colmenares, Joeri Arro, Patrick Go, Niño Laus, Kalel Demetrio, and JP Anglo.

Native delicacies, bamboo products, handcraft items, fresh fruits and vegetables are already on display until Friday.

The series represents the tourism department’s version of the “Kain Na!” food fair which was Ms. Puyat’s pet project during her tenure as undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture.